Doctoral school


5th disABILITY MUNDUS doctoral school

July 2-5, 2017

Lausanne, Switzerland

This year’s doctoral school, Performing disAbility, is linked to the 6th Annual Conference of ALTER-ESDR’s theme: ‘Disability, Recognition and “Community living”. Diversity of practices and plurality of values’. It is also linked to disABILITY MUNDUS a group of European academics and universities who are actively engaged in and support scholarly research on disAbility.

Our focus, Performing disAbility, is about bodily and societal performance, as can be seen in theatrical, dance and other creative expressions, sports, but also in administrative, and everyday processes of care. We take the position that this performative aspect of disability is highly complex, and perhaps disturbing and challenging. We invite participants who have completed at least one year of their PhD program and are in the process of researching issues in disability through policy, linguistics, the built environment, education, peoples, cultures and more.

To attend ‘Performing disAbility’ please send a 500 word abstract to Prof. P. Devlieger by April 30th.

The abstract must have the following:

  • Title
  • Contact information including your home university
  • Expression of interest
  • Stage of your PhD program
  • Summary of your project focus (research question/s, aims, objectives)
  • How ‘Performing disAbility’ fits with your research project

Participation is limited to 20 seats and delivery of the doctoral school is in English. Cost of participation is 95 € (lunches and coffee breaks).


Draft program

Sunday July 2, 2017

7:00 pm

Geopolis Building, Room 5899, University of Lausanne

Introductory meeting, followed by welcome dinner in room 5201.

Monday July 3, 2016

9:00 am

Introductory inputs and exploration of doctoral projects: how can we study performative aspects of disability? How does the concept of performance relate to disability?

9:30 – 10:30 am

Explorations in Performing Disability (course coordinators)

10:30 – 11:00 am

Coffee break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Small group work (will rotate every half hour)

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Lunch at the university

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Guided visit to the ‘collection de l’art brut’ in Lausanne

 3:30 – 5:00



Dinner (on your own)


Tuesday July 4, 2015

9:30 -11:00 am

Workshop “Consider Performing Disability as an inherent characteristic of being”

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Working in teams on performing disability

12:30 – 2:00 pm


2:00 – 4:00 pm

Small group presentation

4:00 - 6:00 pm



Wednesday July 5, 2015

9:30 -12:30 am

Coming full circle: connecting doctoral student’s projects with the materials covered.


Recommended Reading

Patrick Devlieger, Beatriz Miranda-Galarza, Steven Brown, and Megan Strickfaden (2016). Rethinking Disability: World Perspectives in Culture and Society. Antwerp: Garant.

Carrie Sandahl and Philip Aulander (2005) Bodies in Commotion: Disability and Performance (Corporealities: Discourses of Disability). Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

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